If you have to evacuate, remain calm. If there is no immediate risk to life, put your pets in a carrier or on a leash, and collect your grab bag. If you have time, write EVACUATED over your Pet Alert Sticker.
Never leave your pets at home unless you absolutely can’t help it! If you do have to, bring them indoors and shut them in an upstairs room with 5-7 days of dry food and water. Responders may be overwhelmed for several days before they can even think about looking for pets, and the priority will always be to save human life.
Should a large number of people be evacuated, the council will open a rest centre. All rest centres in this area accept pets, but you may have to leave your animals in their carriers or on a lead. You will also be responsible for their welfare and cleaning up after them.
If the evacuation lasts longer than a day, you’ll be moved into a hotel. We’ll always try and find one that takes pets, but this isn’t always possible. This is where your friends and relatives come in! Otherwise, we hold a list of animal boarding facilities in the nearby area.